ACR Laboratory


Advanced Concepts Research Laboratory Electrical and Computer Engineering Department University of Waterloo

Our Philosophy


A researcher without a vision is like a robot, no matter how sophisticated can both be


Our research philosophy is summarised by a proven good old engineering recipe:

First, realize the physics, then add a pinch of mathematics, a dash of common sense, a generous portion of good attitude, and top it off with a sliver of good approximations. Put all in a blender, let it brew a bit and then savor the outcome...

Survival through science and engineering

Research Team


Omar M. Ramahi

Professor and Director

Ahmed Ashoor

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Thamer Almoneef

Visiting Scholar

Maged Aldhaeebi

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Ali Albishi

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Mohammed Saeed Aldosari

MASc Graduate Research Assistant

Abdulrahman Aloraynan

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Dawood Alsaedi

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Saeed Bamatraf

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Amine Boussada

MEng Student

Jamal Busnaina

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Mohamed El Badawe

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Faruk Erkmen

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Seyed H. Mirjahanmardi

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Vahid Nayyeri

Assistant Professor, IUST

Melad Olaimat

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Former Members


(updated April 2017)

to all alumni and alumnae, please send your professional affiliation and will update this page accordingly


Former PhD Students


Thamer S. Almoneefi, Visiting Scholar, University of Waterloo

PhD,  University of Waterloo, Spring 2017

Thesis: Electromagnetic Energy Transduction Using Metamaterials and Antennas


Abdulbaset Ali

PhD,  University of Waterloo, Spring 2017

Thesis: Intelligent Microwaves Detectionof Surface and Sub-Surface Anomalies


Miguel Angel Ruphuy, Assistant Professor, Universidad de Costa Rica

PhD,  University of Waterloo, Spring 2016

Thesis: Electrically Thin Lenses and Reflectors.


Mohammed AlShareef, Assistant Professor, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

PhD, University of Waterloo, Fall 2014

Thesis: Electrically Small Particles for Energy Harvesting in the Infrared and Microwave Regimes.

 

Zhao Ren, Data Analyst, Pure Technologies

PhD, University of Waterloo, Fall 2013

Thesis: Microwave Near-Field Probes to Detect Electrically Small Particles


Babak Alavikia, Sr. Antenna Engineer, EMSCAN Corporation

PhD, University of Waterloo, Spring 2011

Thesis: Hybrid Computational Algorithms for the Problem of Scattering from Grating Structures


Mohammed Bait-Suwailam, Assistant Professor, Sultan Qaboos University

PhD, University of Waterloo, Winter 2011

Thesis: Metamaterials for Decoupling Antennas and Electromagnetic Systems


Hussein Attia, Assistant Professor, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

PhD, University of Waterloo, Spring, 2011

Thesis: Artificial Magnetic Material for High Gain Planar Antennas.


Ali Kabiri, Senior Scientist, 4Catalyzer

PhD, University of Waterloo, Spring 2010

Thesis: Artificial Magnetic Materials: Limitations, Synthesis and Possibilities.


Leila Yousefi, Assistant Professor, University of Tehran

PhD, University of Waterloo, Spring 2009

University of Waterloo

Thesis: Theory, Design and Development of Artificial Magnetic Materials.


Muhammed S. Boybay, Assistant Professor, Antalia University.

PhD, University of Waterloo, Spring 2009

University of Waterloo

Thesis: Sensitivity Enhancement of Near-Field Probes using Negative Materials.

 

Baharak Mohajer-Iravani, PhD, Fall 2007

University of Maryland

Thesis: Electromagnetic Bandgap (EBG) Structures for Noise Mitigation in Chasses and Packages.


Mohammad Kermani, Senior Design Engineering Manager, Cadence

PhD, University of Maryland at College Park,  Fall 2006

Thesis: The ADI-FDTD Method for High Accuracy Electrophysics Problems


Jie Qin, 

PhD, University of Maryland at College Park,  Fall 2006

Thesis: Planar Electromagnetic Bandgap (EBG) Structures for Noise Mitigation in High Speed Circuits.


Shahrooz Shahparnia, Hardware Architect, Apple

PhD, University of Maryland at College Park,  Fall 2005

Thesis: Electromagnetic Bandgap Structures for Broadband Noise Mitigation in High-Speed Packages.


Lin Li, 

PhD, University of Maryland at College Park,  Spring 2004

Thesis: Analysis and Mitigation of Electromagnetic Noise in Resonant Cavities and Apertures


Xin Wu, Chief Technology Officer and General Manager, High Speed Interconnect Solutions

PhD, University of Maryland at College Park,  Fall 2003

Thesis: Developing Highly Accurate and Stable Open-Region Electromagnetic Simulations


Telesphor Kamgaing, Research Scientist, Intel

PhD, University of Maryland at College Park,  Fall 2003

Thesis: High-Impedance Electromagnetic Surfaces for Mitigation of Switching Noise in High-Speed Circuits  


Former MS Students, Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Professors.

 

Hu (Hugo) Sun, 

Visiting Scholar, University of Waterloo (2013-2015)

Topic: RFID Antennas

 

Khawla Alzoubi, Lecturer, Qatar University

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Waterloo (2012-2014)

Topic: Development of Portable Automated Intelligent Systems for Continuous Oxygen

Monitoring and Adjustment Oxygen Delivery for Hypoxic Patients.

 

Humayra Naosaba, Associate Network Engineer, Rogers

MASc, University of Waterloo, Fall 2014

Thesis: Negative Material Inspired Microwave Water Heating System.

 

Abdulaziz Ali Alqahtani, 

MASc, University of Waterloo, Winter 2014

Thesis: Electrically Small Probe for Near-field Detection Applications


Vahid Nayyeri, Assistant Professor, Iran University of Science and Technology

Visiting Scholar. September 2012-April 2013.

Research Topic: Numerical Modelling of Graphene

 

Ahmed Ashoor, PhD Candidate, University of Waterloo

MASc, University of Waterloo, Fall 2012

Thesis: Artificial Neural Networks for Microwave Detection


Ali Albishi, PhD Candidate, University of Waterloo

MASc, University of Waterloo, Spring 2012

Thesis: Detection of Sub-Millimeter Surface Cracks using Complementary Split-Ring Resonator


Thamer S. Almoneef, Visiting Scholar University of Waterloo

MASc, University of Waterloo, Spring 2012

Thesis: Antennas and Metamaterials for Electromagnetic Energy Harvesting


Na'el Suwan, Radio Frequency System Designer, Syntronic

MASc, University of Waterloo, Fall 2011

Thesis: Investigation of RF Direct Detection Architecture Circuits for Metamaterial Sensor Applications.


Mani Kashanianfard, PhD Candidate, University of Michigan

MASc, University of Waterloo, Spring 2009

Thesis: Electromagnetic Wave Transmission through sub-Wavelength Channels and Bends using Metallic Wires.


Samer Abdullah

MASc, University of Waterloo, Fall 2007

Co-supervised by Professor Kostadinka Bizheva (Department of Physics and Astronomy)

Thesis: Finite-Difference Time-Domain Simulations of Light Scattering from Retinal Photoreceptors.


Abhinav Pathak

MS, University of Maryland at College Park, Spring 2006


Omar Amin

MS, University of Maryland at College Park, Spring 2006

Thesis: Design of a Wireless Fish Lengthening Board for Fisheries Research


Shahrooz Shahparnia

MS, University of Maryland at College Park, Spring 2005


Baharak Mohajer-Iravani

MS, University of Maryland at College Park, Spring 2004

Thesis: Coupling Reduction using Electromagnetic Band Gap Structures in Enclosures and Cavities


Vinay Subramanian

MS, University of Maryland at College Park, Fall 2002

Thesis: Modeling and Prediction of Switching Noise in High-Speed Circuits and Packages


Vijaya Chebolu

MS, University of Maryland at College Park, Fall 2002

Thesis: Frequency-Domain Simulation of Open-Region Radiation and Scattering Problems using the Complementary Operators Method

Research


Teaching


the mystery and miracles of teaching



to open windows

to unlock doors

to shatter barriers...

to transform

to unleash the power of the mind

to create discomfort...

to create questions

to demystify

to challenge

to change...

to continue...

to create

to empower

to live...


above all

to survive.




Courses taught at the University of Waterloo

2016

ECE 207, Signals and Systems, Fall 2016, undergraduate course

ECE 675, Radiation and Propagation of Electromagnetic Field, Fall 2016, graduate course

ECE 106, Physics of Electrical Engineering I, Spring 2016, undergraduate 1st year course

GENE 123, Electrical Engineering for Civil Engineers, Winter 2016, undergraduate 1st year course

2015

ECE 207, Signals and Systems, Winter 2015, undergraduate 2nd year course; 

ECE 475/770, Electromagnetic Radiation and Propagation, Combined undergraduate-graduate course

2014

ECE 770, Special Topics: Artificial Electromagnetic Media and Metamaterial, Fall 2014, graduate course

ECE 106, Physics of Electrical Engineering, Winter 2014, undergraduate 1st year course

GENE 123, Electrical Engineering for Civil Engineers, Winter 2014, undergraduate 1st year course

2013

ECE 106, Physics of Electrical Engineering I, Spring 2013, undergraduate 1st year course

ECE 375, Electromagnetic Fields and Waves, Spring 2013, undergraduate 3rd year course

ECE 675, Radiation and Propagation of Electromagnetic Fields, Fall 2013, graduate course

2011

ME 123, Electrical Engineering for Mechanical Engineers, Spring 2011, undergraduate 1st year course

2010

ECE 770, Special Topics: Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility, Fall 2010, graduate course

ECE 370,   Electromagnetic Fields, Spring 2010, undergraduate 3rd year course  

2009

ECE 675, Radiation and Propagation of Electromagnetic Field, Fall 2009, graduate course

ECE 370, Electromagnetic Fields, Winter 2009, undergraduate 3rd year course

ME 123, Electrical Engineering for Mechanical Engineers, Winter 2009, undergraduate 1st year course   

2008

ECE 770, Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility, Spring 2008, graduate course.

ECE 476, Antennas and Radiating Systems, Winter 2008, undergraduate 4th year elective course   

2007

ME 123, Electrical Engineering for Mechanical Engineers, Spring 2007, undergraduate 1st year course

ECE 370, Electromagnetic Fields, Spring 2007, undergraduate 3rd year course

ME 123, Winter 2007

2006

ECE 675, Radiation and Propagation of Electromagnetic Field, Fall 2006, graduate course            

2005

ECE 675, Radiation and Propagation of Electromagnetic Field, Fall 2005



Courses taught at the University of Maryland

 2005

ENME 350, Electronics and Instrumentation I, Spring 2005, undergraduate 3rd year course 

2004

ENME 808V, Advanced Packaging for Signal Integrity and Electromagnetic Interference Control, Fall 2004, graduate course           

ENME 350, Fall 2004

ENME 350, Spring 2004

2003

ENME 350, Fall 2003

2002

ENME 808V, Advanced Packaging for Signal Integrity and Electromagnetic Interference Control, 

Fall 2002, graduate course

ENME 350, Fall 2002

ENME 489E, Solar Decathlon, Spring 2002, undergraduate 3rd/4th year course

ENME 350, Spring 2002

2001

ENME 489E, Fall 2001

ENME 350, Fall 2001

ENME 489E, Spring 2001

ENME 350, Spring 2001

Teaching

Publications


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Interviews and Other Articles

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Workshops and Short Courses

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News


News

July 26, 2017
Congratulations to Thamer on the successful defense of his PhD thesis
Thamer can be seen here after the robing ceremony unofficially declaring him a Doctor.
pictured from the left, Maged Al-Otaibi, Prof. Omar Ramahi, Prof. Chris Backhouse, Thamer Almoneef, Ahmed Ashoor and half of Ali Albishi



April 12, 2017
Congratulations to Abdulbaset Ali on the successful defence of his PhD Thesis
Well done Abdulbaset

 IEEE AP-S Symposium
July 9-14, 2017
San Diego, CA, USA
http://2017apsursi.org/



META’17, the 8th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics 

Songdo Convensia, Incheon - Seoul, South Korea 

July 25, 2017 – July 28, 2017 

http://metaconferences.org/ocs/index.php/META17



SENSET2017
SENSORS, NETWORKS, SMART and EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
12-14 September 2017, Mövenpick Hotel, Beirut - Lebanon
http://www.senset2017.com/

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